Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
To say that the Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has declined over the five years to 2013 would be an understatement. Rising import penetration has displaced the downstream demand for buttons, zippers and yard fabric from domestic distributors to international manufacturers. Additionally, wholesale bypass, which is the trend of downstream buyers sourcing directly from manufacturers to cut expenses, has constrained wholesalers' function in the domestic supply chain and eliminated many operators. Although the recovering economy will help the industry somewhat, these adverse trends are anticipated to continue in the coming years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Piece goods and miscellaneous fabric
The piece goods and miscellaneous fabric segment includes gray goods (which are unbleached and untreated and used in a variety of downstream products), woolen fabrics, woven piece goods and knit piece goods. This segment accounts for the largest product segment for the industry and has grown from 31.8% in 2009 to 34.9% in 2014. Prices in this segment have not increased quite to the level of cotton or synthetic fibers over the past five years, thus this segment has grown its share of industry revenue.
While prices of other industry products have increased, manufacturers have switched to products in the piece goods and miscellaneous fabrics segment, driving revenue growth for this segment... purchase to read more